Lindell Smith recalls the day a DJ came to his elementary school for a dance. "He showed me what he was doing and I thought: ‘This is cool stuff.’"
In that moment, Lindell found his passion. Now the 22-year-old graduate of the Recording Arts program at NSCC’s Waterfront Campus is sharing that passion with inner-city youth. Each week, the volunteer sound technician helps young people record poetry and music at Centreline Studios, a community-funded studio he co-founded on Halifax’s Gottingen Street.
"This is about the kids,” says Lindell. “If you can show them they can be successful, it helps break the stereotypes out there and motivates them.”
The lifelong north end Halifax resident says he found considerable motivation while studying at NSCC: “Everything about it was great. The people are down to earth and the technology is up-to-date. It was the whole package, and I can still go and talk to the instructors when I need advice.”
When he’s not at the studio, Lindell is helping to raise his daughter, who may yet follow in his footsteps.
“She’s already interested in music. She’s only three and she makes up her own songs.”
That’s one more young person Lindell can mentor.